FreedomWorks Key-Votes Against Emerging Budget Deal

The well-funded conservative activist group FreedomWorks on Tuesday came out against an emerging budget deal being negotiated by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), the budget committee chairs.

The group said it would “key vote” against such a bill, or include the vote in their scorecards, even as they said they had not seen the final deal. It hasn’t been annnounced — FreedomWorks said the decision was based on news reports about the framework.

“It’s disingenuous for Republicans to surrender the only real spending reforms accomplished under the Obama Administration, and call that a deal,” FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe said in a statement. “Immediate spending and revenue hikes without long-term reforms to spending and entitlement programs isn’t a deal, it’s just another manufactured, govern-by-crisis shakedown.”

The group expressed concerns that the deal would likely (according to reports by TPM and others) raise the sequester-level spending level of $967 billion for 2014 to about $1 trillion without reforming entitlement programs.

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